Romano’s Macaroni Grill

Tired and hungry after walking around Triangle Town Center, we decided we wanted a sit-down meal for lunch. We hadn’t been to a Macaroni Grill in a few years and so we decided to try out the location on Capital Boulevard across from Triangle Town Center.

We sat near the bar and our server greeted us right away. He was also the bartender and, while he was nice, he was a little enthusiastic to be our server. I digress.

We ordered the Pasta Milano (roasted chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms and garlic cream) and fetuccini Alfredo with grilled chicken as well as two colas.

We received fresh bread to munch on while we waited for our entrees, and of course we had olive oil to go along with it. You had to pull apart the bread which was sort of weird but it tasted pretty good. I wish there had been some pepper, garlic and Parmesan to go with the plain olive oil, but I suppose the plain is Macaroni Grill’s shtick.

Our entrees came out nice and hot and seemed pretty fresh. My pasta Milano wasn’t the flavor I thought it would be: the sauce was so peppery that it almost didn’t taste good at all but I didn’t want to waste a $10 dish and I didn’t want to order another entree and wait again.

The fettuccine Alfredo was okay but rather plain.

In all, the food was alright but not worth the final tab of $30 for lunch especially since the food wasn’t stellar.

Macaroni Grill still has the paper table cloths to write your name on or play tic-tac-toe while you wait for your food, and it’s possible that the servers may all need to wear buttons on their shirts to show off their server “flair.”

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